Maria’s Yemista

A while back, I posted my recipe for my GREEK YEMISTA (or stuffed capsicums & tomatoes) which is a delicious vegetarian dish with fresh fragrant herbs, pinenuts and tiny sweet currents. Now I have another version to share with you. This is one my mum used to make that I loved as a child. Yemista was a…

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Sweet Potato & Quinoa Cups

What’s not to love about these Sweet Potato and Quinoa Cups! They are sweet and savoury, soft and crispy, all at the same time. The flavour and texture combination  makes these savoury cups very delicious and the ingredients make them a really healthy snack, hot or cold 🙂 I especially love the creamy tangy flavour of …

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Cabbage & Potato Bake

Cabbage and Potato Bake would have to be my family’s favourite vegetable dish. It’s a dish they wouldn’t get sick of, even if I made it every week for Sunday dinner! This cabbage and potato bake is one of those comfort foods that people crave for on a dreary cold winter’s day, because eating it makes…

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What goes great with falafel? Tabbouleh of course!

Since I posted my FALFEL recipe, I’ve been looking for a great tabbouleh recipe to make for our Sunday family dinner, but found most I came across used bulgar wheat. Now, if you follow my blog, you will probably know that Sunday dinner at our place is usually a gluten free meal and, if you’re…

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One Pot Fragrant Chicken Stew

I love my One Pot Fragrant Chicken Stew even in Summer for two reasons. Firstly, the vegetables used in this dish are my favourite summer vegetables. They add so much flavour, sweetness and delightful colour to this dish – they make it look so appetising. Oh, and did I mention how good the aroma from the vegetables…

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Yemista – Summer on a Plate

Also known as Tomatoes & Capsicums Stuffed with Rice & Herbs Yemista is one of the most traditional of Greek dishes made all over Greece, but there are many variations depending on the region. This version is one of my favourites.To me, Yemista is summer on a plate! The vibrant colours of the vegetables drizzled with a little extra virgin…

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Spring Pasta with Asparagus

What do you cook for dinner on a warm Spring night that doesn’t require slaving over a hot stove? PENNE WITH ASPARAGUS, PANCETTA & CHERRY TOMATOES – what else! If you’re like me and you want to provide a great tasting healthy dinner for your family, but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen…

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Special Dinner for Two

Hello again, Recently I shared a post with you about a wonderful dinner I had with my son Anthony. It was one of those special moments that I got to spend one-on-one time with one of my boys. “Gee, it must be great now that your 3 boys have all grown up and are independent.…

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Asparagus with Shaved Parmesan and Aged Balsamic

Hi Reader, Here is another asparagus recipe as part of my Spring series that I know you and your family will enjoy. This is a ‘no brainer’ dish to make during the working week when you come home after a long day at work and need to cook something quick and easy for dinner. This…

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Asparagus, Ricotta and Feta Tart

This is another dish that celebrates Spring! This delicious tart has a creamy filling and light buttery pastry. It’s one of those recipes that you will go back to again again because it’s easy to make and so delicious to eat. It makes a perfect lunch served with my BABY LEAVES & HERB SALAD on…

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Grilled Asparagus with Toasted Walnuts & Feta

I came up with this dish recently quite by accident and I loved it so much that I decided to share it with you as part of my series of asparagus dishes. But, there is a story behind this dish. It was last Friday when I had gone shopping to pick up a few things,…

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Asparagus – an impressive vegetable

You don’t need to do very much to asparagus to make it any more delicious than it already is. Simply lightly grilling it on the BBQ or baking it, then drizzle over a really really good extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar and sprinkle a little sea salt, brings out the unique earthy…

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Good Food for Little People – Veggie Fritters

Getting children – big and small – to eat more vegetables is a never-ending challenge for parents. And like many parents, I spent a lot to time and effort trying to encourage my sons to eat vegetables by serving them in creative ways and as a result, they grew up to love most greens and…

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Tip for Busy Parents: Waste not, want not!

For years, I would discard the stalks from leafy greens such as silverbeet, spinach, chicory, broccoli and even parsley, until I saw my mum use the stalks of spinach to make a simple but very delicious salad. My mum would cut off the spinach leaves and use them to make ‘spanakopita’ (a Greek spinach and…

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Summer means green beans!

With Winter behind us, I”m thinking about the great vegetables that will soon be in season and all the dishes I will be able cook for Sunday dinner. A summer vegetable that is always a family favourite are green beans, which is great because green beans are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and…

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Is pumpkin a vegetable or fruit?

Although pumpkin is often referred to as a vegetable, technically, it is a fruit. Pumpkins belong to a family of plants known as the Curcurbita, which includes zucchini, squash and cucumber. Pumpkin is an incredibly healthy addition to anyone’s diet, rich in all kinds of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Not only is Pumpkin good for…

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Brussel Sprouts – a new favourite

Brussel sprouts have become a new favourite for my family which is great, because it’s one of those vegetables that have many health benefits (like cabbage), but are hated by most people – including me. That is until recently, when I saw them at my green grocer.

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Simple but delicious!

A healthy lunch does not have to be difficult to make or expensive, but it must taste great, so here’s what it could look like! A crisp green salad made with fresh lettuce, baby rainbow silverbeet leaves, rocket and mint (picked from my vegie garden) dressed simply with a little sea salt, extra virgin olive…

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Cabbage – hate it or love it…

Hate it or love it, the fact is that cabbage is a vegetable everyone should eat to stay healthy! Cabbage is one of the few vegetables that I hated as a kid, but have learned to love as an adult. I’m not sure why I didn’t like it, but it may have something to do…

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Silverbeet (chard) – nutritious, delicious and easy!

Silverbeet (or chard) like many leafy green vegetables, is rich in an array of minerals and vitamins essential for good health for all ages. Silverbeet comes in a green and rainbow variety and has a slightly bitter flavour.  It’s very a versatile vegetable and popular in Mediterranean cooking. It can be used in salads, pies, soups, risotto or casseroles.…

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